CD Review: Frank Potenza—For Joe

Guitarist Frank Potenza is always a delight to listen to.
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This album For Joe is a tribute to Joe Pass who passed away on May 23, 1994 at the age of 65.
Joe Pass (born Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalacqua), was an American virtuoso jazz guitarist of Sicilian descent. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century. His extensive use of walking bass-lines, melodic counterpoint during improvisation, use of a chord-melody style of playing and outstanding knowledge of chord inversions and progressions opened up new possibilities for the jazz guitar and had a profound influence on later guitarists.
Mr Potenza has certainly presented himself with a challenge in guitar playing and rises to the challenge magnificently. He tackles Duke El-lington’s Do Nothing ‘til You Hear From Me, and Django Rheinhardt’s Fleur d’Ennui with aplomb. Earl Hines’ Rosetta is treated with respect .
George and Ira Gershwin’s Love Is Here To Stay is performed with the necessary sensitivity. There 10 tracks on the album and each one is worth taking some time to listen to, but this essentially a swinging al-bum and you will find yourself going back to particular tunes just to lis-ten to the band’s interpretation of jazz standards you know so well.
The band is: Frank Potenza (guitar), Joe Pisano (guitar), Jim Hughart (bass) and Colin Bailey (drums).
Go to www.caprirecords.com to listen to the music and to order your copy.